“Who runs Bartertown?”

So the ordinance to limit the feeding of the homeless passed, albeit in a slightly altered form. Now not only do you need a permit to feed groups of 15 or more people, but the city gets to decide where you feed them. The ordinance must still go before the City Council for a second vote before it becomes law, but it is basically a done deal.

I find it interesting how they cite crime as one of the reasons for introducing this ordinance, thinking that it will curb minor theft and break-ins from the homeless. No, they are just going to be more inclined to do so since they can’t get free food easily and/or the crime is just going to be pushed out toward the fringe areas that the city leaders care a lot less about. Everybody wins! Well, except for the losers of course, but they don’t pay taxes so screw them.

Like I said before, perhaps if the city approached the homeless situation as a humanitarian problem than as a nuisance to the rich then maybe the crime would disappear as well. You don’t get rid of a weed by just running it over with a mower, you’ve got to get at the root.

3 Comments so far

  1. Terry Howard (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    You know, I’d have at least a little more respect for them if they would have just had the integrity to just say what we all know: they find homeless people to be an unsightly inconvenience. As it is the council are just the same gutless shills for the money holders they’ve always been. Let’s all let our votes speak next time around shall we?


  2. FryGuy (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

    Here here!


  3. Dawn (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    This whole thing is completely pathetic! 15 people makes a group!?!?! What next… parties of two?!? Even cruise ships won’t consider you a group until you have substantially more than 15! Hotels would laugh at a group of 15… the Convention Center wouldn’t even return the call of someone with a group of 15. What church could surive with just 15?!?! 15 does NOT a group make. Get serious City Hall and do something far more productive than stop those who are actually DOING something to help our community!!



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